Blog Entry #4

Get the meat and potatoes right and the rest will be fine. A blog about writing. A blog about mental health (sort of). Act 1, Scene 1: Who is main character? What are their wants and needs? FYI – It’s me, this is my story. I really want to be a writer, I’d love to do it as a job. Ultimately, I simply need a creative outlet through which I can dump a load of things I’ve over analysed or use it to burn adrenaline. What next? Well, I need to have a trigger event that will spur me into action, whereupon I will be face with obstacles and a continued series of escalating events (Act 2) until I eventually overcome them and win (Act 3). I might fail, that a possibility too. Either way, I’ll then be faced with a new world in which my wants, my needs and my emotions will all have changed because of my experiences. See, I did remember something from my course!! The Three Act format is key to all good storytelling. It’s what the audience expects, it’s like a comfort blanket to wrap them in whilst immersing them into the world you’ve created. The course didn’t introduce me to this structure…

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Blog Entry #3

Decorators block should be a recognised medical condition. A blog about writing. A blog about mental health (sort of). GET IN!!!! I am posting for the second week in a row. I am celebrating that fact. GET IN!!!! *punches air in some sort of unnecessary over-the-top fashion* Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way first; my mental health has been generally better, more stable, and I’m having a particularly good week. I’m a touch more focused, relaxed and generally pretty chilled (at least for the last two days). It’s always a good sign when I find myself laughing at my own jokes or daft little things at work. At one point this week I spent the best part of five minutes trying to convince my colleague to grow a moustache, I also chuckled uncontrollably when the person next to me was asked if another person was joining the meeting and their response was “he’s eating a sausage”. Innuendo bingo at its best. I’m excited because on Saturday I do my first ever writing course (thanks to Scriptwriting North). I’m not nervous, well, ok, maybe I’m slightly nervous but in an expected way. It’s a healthy combination of nerves and excitement; a feeling I’ve not…

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